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Wired: No Free Dinner for Free Software

Aug 17, 2002, 04:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Robert McMillan)

"The Free Software Foundation is not known for its $250-a-plate fundraisers at fancy San Francisco restaurants.

"Mention its name to most people here at LinuxWorld and you'll conjure images of a grassroots hacker organization that's better known for creating the GNU C Compiler and GNU Emacs than for its fundraising tactics, which before yesterday consisted mainly of selling T-shirts and software manuals. The foundation was founded in 1985 by MacArthur Fellow Richard Stallman to create a free version of Unix.

"But change is in the air at the FSF, and last night a small group of lawyers and digital rights philanthropists--checkbooks in hand--each coughed up enough money to buy a year's supply of T-shirts, in exchange for the honor of dining on grilled butterflied filet mignon and rajas potato gratin at an upscale Mexican restaurant in San Francisco's SoMa neighborhood..."

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